Sunwood Drive project planned this summer in Ramsey

In July it will become more challenging to travel on Armstrong Boulevard and Sunwood Drive in Ramsey.

The city of Ramsey will begin the $5 million Sunwood Drive realignment project July 9.

While the Armstrong Boulevard will not be closed for the entire project, which is expected to be completed in early November, it will be more challenging to travel, said City Engineer Tim Himmer.

Traffic routes will change with each of the four phases of the project, he said.

Access to the businesses in the Northstar Shopping Center, which includes Coborn’s, will also remain open, but Himmer recommends using Ramsey Boulevard to access Sunwood Drive to get there.

During the first phase, 147th Avenue will be closed west of Armstrong Boulevard July 9 though 20 to construct additional lanes to create a four-lane road with turn lanes.

The new northern Sunwood route will also be constructed during this phase and will include traffic lanes, turn lanes, curb and gutter as well as a single lane roundabout.

A temporary road will be built from Sunwood Drive to Bunker Lake Road for later detours.

The road will be located one block east of Armstrong Boulevard, Himmer said.

The second construction phase is expected to start July 30.

For two months, Armstrong Boulevard will be closed between Sunwood Drive and Bunker Lake Boulevard to allow for construction of additional lanes, turn lanes, curb and gutter as well as a signal light, according to Himmer.

The construction project will also include completing the Sunwood Drive realignment work, which will shift the intersection of Armstrong Boulevard/Sunwood Drive intersection 500 feet to the north.

Phase three, starting in mid-September, will connect the existing Sunwood Drive with the new Sunwood Drive.

Armstrong Boulevard is expected to reopen one lane for northbound traffic around the beginning of October.

Southbound traffic will be detoured to Ramsey Boulevard, Himmer said.

In late October, traffic on Armstrong Boulevard should return to normal with new accesses to the Northstar Shopping Center in place.

Once traffic is returned to normal, the city will be closing the temporary road, according to Himmer.

The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 9.

Himmer plans on doing weekly updates on the city’s website once construction begins.

The completed project will create a new commercial area and move the city closer to the Highway 10/Armstrong Boulevard interchange.

“It is all leading to the proposed interchange over Highway 10,” Himmer said.

By biting off little pieces of the proposed interchange project at a time, the city can bring down the estimated $35 million price tag to make the interchange project more attractive to federal funding, he said.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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